Did you know that an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from eye allergies?
This is a commonly experienced reaction which can manifest itself in several different symptoms related to eye allergies: itchiness is the most common symptom, where one wants to be rubbing the eyes all the time; the eyes tear up or become watery, they may appear red, there may be burning sensations in the eyes or blurred vision and there could even be mattering and mucus production.
Eye allergies occur when the clear skin layer of the eye known as the conjunctiva is affected. There are of two main types of eye allergy: seasonal allergic conjunctivitis and perennial allergic conjunctivitis.
The former is triggered during certain seasons of the year, so that this kind of allergy may strike in spring, summer or fall. The latter type of eye allergies is perennial or may trouble the person all the year round.
Common allergens that trigger eye allergies could be the common culprits such as dust, pollen, weeds, grass and pet dander.
Generally speaking, those with seasonal allergies will be troubled by outdoor allergens whereas those with perennial allergies will be troubled by indoor allergens such as mites, roaches, dander etc.